January 24, 2005
IN THIS ISSUE ... 
Historic clock installed
SACS update
Rural Economic Development Conference
Welcome Week underway
Honoring Dr. King
February is Black History Month
United Way raises $33,941
Violence in Workplace training
Leadership conference
Dancing at the Deco Ball
Encore! 2005 schedule
Opera cast announced
Business Center credit workshop
This week in athletics
Professional activities
Historic clockHistoric clock now keeping time on campus
When clock restorer Rob Butts visited Southeastern last summer to look at the feasibility of restoring a near century-old clock, his first thought was, “It’s going to take a lot of work.” 
      Five months of cleanup and major fabrication work later, the clock that once adorned the Citizens National Bank on the corner of West Thomas and North Oak streets in downtown Hammond, now keeps time for students as they cross the campus. Under the watchful eye of Butts, crews affixed the shiny copper timepiece to a corner of McClimans Hall, one of Southeastern’s oldest buildings located on Friendship Circle. Mike Lama, who works at Whitney National Bank and helps maintain the bank’s signature clocks, supervised the general operation, as a work crew from ERS Building Maintenance of Baton Rouge handled the installation. 
      Similar in design to the Whitney National Bank clocks, the timepiece, once a landmark on Hammond’s main street, was manufactured by O.B. McClintock of Minneapolis.
      The clock – estimated to have been built between 1915 and 1920 – was donated to Southeastern by AmSouth Bank, the successor to Citizens National. The late Judge Leon Ford III of Hammond, whose wife had served on the board of Citizens National, convinced AmSouth to donate the clock to his alma mater. 
      “The clock carried a lot of memories for Judge Ford and a lot of other people in the region,” said President Randy Moffett. “He was determined to see that it was preserved and sincerely felt that it could serve as another symbol of Southeastern that our students would remember long after they left the university.” 
      “Judge Ford truly believed that this clock was an important part of the history of Hammond and should be displayed prominently,” said Joe Miller, vice president for university advancement. “His preference was to have the clock in close proximity to McClimans Hall, which at one time housed the Southeastern Lab School which he attended.” 
      Miller said that prior to Ford’s death last year, the Ford Family Foundation donated funds to the university to have the clock fully restored. 
      “The clock was in really bad shape,” said Butts, who restores old clocks with his wife Shelley in the town of Vasser in southeast Michigan. “It had been stored in warehouses for several years, the mechanisms didn’t work, the copper sheeting was dented and misshapen beyond repair. It required a lot of new fabrication.” 
      The clock’s copper finish gleams right now, but Butts said that will change in a year or so as weathering sets in and the piece develops the warm green patina characteristic of the metal. The clock now has all new movements and a master control. In addition, new green stained glass panels featuring Southeastern’s logo were fitted into the lower panels of the structure.
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SACS UPDATE
Take a Look at the SACS web site
     In preparations for the SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) accreditation site visit during the week of March 14, faculty and staff should take a few minutes to review and become familiar with the accreditation documents available on the University’s SACS web site www.selu.edu/sacs. These documents were used extensively by the Off-Site Review Team when they met in Atlanta in November and will also be used by the Site Visit Team.
     The web site has three sections. The Reference Room section makes it easy to find basic information on the university’s programs and policies. It is primarily intended to be a “quick look-up” for the SACS reviewers.
     The Compliance Certification section contains the Compliance Certification Report which addresses how the university meets the requirements for accreditation. Navigation in the report is easy – there is a main index page that lists all 73 standards each of which is a clickable link. Each core requirement, comprehensive standard, and federal mandate has its own web page. The rationale for how Southeastern meets the standard is explained in a narrative. Links to documents, policies and other supporting evidence take the reader directly to an electronic copy of the document or a web page which supplies the evidence.
     The QEP Team’s section of the website is the most extensive – it features all of the working documents of that committee for the last 18 months in the Team Workroom. “Needing to document the team’s research and discussion is a critical part of meeting SACS requirements, “ said Dr. Tena Golding, chair of the QEP Team. “We wanted to demonstrate that our deliberations were based on thorough research and data – both at the national level in terms of best practices and at the local level based on campus surveys. You can easily see the evolution in thought and discussion through the working documents. And you can see the breadth of campus participation.”  The section also features a chronology of the events that led to the final development of the QEP on advising.
     “We’ve gotten a lot of very positive feedback on our SACS web site,” said Dr. Beatrice Baldwin, assistant vice president for Academic Affairs and the university’s SACS liaison. “Many of our sister institutions in Louisiana are using it as a model, and we’ve even had communication from places like the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center that want to use some of our ideas on their own sites.” 
     Baldwin credits Cheryl Breaux, special projects coordinator in the Office of Academic Affairs with the development of the web site. Dr. Mike Kurtz, dean of the Graduate School and member of the Compliance Certification Team said, “Cheryl’s work is the primary reason we have such a well-organized and well-functioning web site. None of our reviewers in November had any problems with finding information they needed. Cheryl also re-organized and posted all of the Faculty and Staff Handbooks as part of the preparation for SACS. We were fortunate to have her be a part of this project.”
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State Rural Economic Development Conference scheduled Feb. 1-3
Louisiana's second annual Rural Economic Development Conference will be held at Southeastern Feb. 1-3.
     Sponsored by the Governor’s Office of Rural Development and the Police Jury Association of Louisiana, the conference will focus on “Technology: the Back Road to Rural Louisiana.” Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco and state Economic Development Secretary Mike Olivier are expected to address the conference, which is scheduled to attract approximately 600 participants. Last year’s initial conference was held at Northwestern Louisiana University in Natchitoches.
     Because of the conference, certain areas on Southeastern’s north campus that are currently reserved for student parking will be designated for individuals attending the event.
     University Police Director Paul Marek said the lot located behind the Alumni Center, Section 7 of the University Center lot, and the new lot located north of the University Avenue underpass will not be available for students Feb. 1-2. 
     On Feb. 3, the conference ends at noon, freeing the new lot and Section 7. The lot near the Alumni Center will remain closed for parade assembly for the Krewe of Omega, which rolls that evening.
     Marek recommended that students park in the nearby lot north of Textbook Rental and consider carpooling during the event. Students who live in university residences will be expected to keep their vehicles in their assigned lots. In addition, Marek said officers will be on site to direct students to available sites on campus.
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Handing out Welcome Week hot chocolate CAB's Welcome Week shuttle
CAB hands out hot chocolate and cookies  -- cold morning  treats! -- as part of "Welcome Week." Another Welcome Week feature was the 11 passenger golf cart that ferried students from North Campus to the union.

Welcome Week celebrates new semester
Southeastern is planning a week’s worth of activities for students – Jan 24-28 – to celebrate a new year and semester.
      “Welcome Week,” said Jason Leader, coordinator of the Campus Activities Board, “is an opportunity for the entire campus to welcome our students, including new freshmen, and to inform them about all the great things happening on campus and in Southeastern’s surrounding communities.” The week’s events are sponsored by various organizations and offices in the Division of Student and Public Affairs.
      “Welcome Week” opens on Monday, Jan. 24, when CAB will host refreshment tents at the War Memorial Student Union and on North Campus. CAB will hand out hot chocolate, cookies, photo key chains, and flyers promoting the week’s activities.
      Leader, who is heading Welcome Week along with Kay Harrison, director of Student Organizations and Greek Life, said Welcome Week highlights on Tuesday, Jan. 25, will include a student job fair sponsored by Career Services. Scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the student union ballroom, the job fair will feature more than 30 area employers who will be on hand to recruit students for part-time or summer jobs. 
      Wednesday, Jan. 26, is “Community Day,” sponsored by the War Memorial Student Union. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the union more than two dozen businesses will staff booths informing students of important community services.
      “Freshman Frenzy” is scheduled for 3:30-6 p.m. at the University Center on Thursday, Jan. 27.  The event for Southeastern’s first-time freshmen and transfer students, includes a large organizational fair and “Life Unlimited,” a highly praised, high energy, audience-involvement presentation by Troy Stende, named Speaker of the Year in 2002 by the Association for Promoting Student Activities. 
Also on Thursday, students can join other fans of Southeastern basketball at “Jam the Jungle” at the University Center arena. Both the women’s and men’s teams will play Southland Conference rival Texas State at 5:30 p.m. and 7:45 p.m., respectively. 
      In addition to enjoying free pizza and a variety of contests, the first 500 students to arrive at the University Center arena will receive free t-shirts to compliment Jamming the Jungle’s “70s Night” disco theme. Jamming the Jungle activities are sponsored by CAB and the Student Government Association.
For additional information about Welcome Week, contact Leader, 985-549-3805, or Harrison, 985-549-2120.
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Martin Luther Kinig procession Martin Luther Kinig procession
Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King
Southeastern students celebrate the legacy of the late Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. with a candlelight processional and program last Wednesday. The theme for the event, sponsored annually by the Kappa Nu Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, was "Capturing The Dream: Unity Through Diversity." Students processed from Lee Hall to the union at 7 p.m., then participated in a remembrance program featuring remarks by Joseph K. Byrd, vice president of student life at Xavier University in New Orleans, and a performance by Christina Hanible of Hammond, winner of the Southeastern Star 2 competition.
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Southeastern celebrates February as Black History Month
A comedy hour featuring comedian Rickey Smiley, an outdoor big screen showing of the hit movie “Ray,” and a series of lectures on African-American history and culture are highlights of Southeastern’s celebration of February as Black History Month
     The month’s activities will be outlined at the Black History Month Kick-off at 7 p.m. Feb. 1 in the Student Union Theatre, said Eric Summers, director of Multicultural and International Affairs. 
     Look for additional information in next week's ByLion. Meanwhile, the Black History Month schedule is available at www.selu.edu/StudentAffairs/MISA/bhm2005.html
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United Way raises $33,941
Tena Golding, chair of the campus United Way campaign, reports that once again Southeastern has done a wonderful job of showing its generosity. 
     "Our total pledge amount for this year is $33, 941," she said. "The following departments had 100 percent participation and will be recognized at next year's kick-off luncheon. Once again, on behalf of United Way, thanks for your participation."
     Assistant Dean, Student Development; Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs; Assistant Vice President for Development; CAP Center; Career Development Services; Center for Faculty Excellence; College Arts & Sciences; College of Education and Human Development; Center for Educational Research & Service; Dean, Basic Studies; Dean, Graduate School; Department of Transitional Studies; Southeastern Development Foundation; Economic/Business Development; EEO/ADA Office; Food Service; Foreign Languages; General Studies Advising; Honors Program; Internal Auditor; Junior Division; KSLU Radio; Laboratory School; Management; Office of Performance Assessment; Psychology; Records & Registration; Sponsored Research & Grants; Student Government; Student Housing; Student Support Services; Testing; Vice President for University Advancement; Veterans Upward Bound; Vice President for Student and Public Affairs.
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Violence in the Workplace policy training
Two training sessions on the university's Violence in the Workplace Plan are scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 27 in the University Center, room 133. 
     Sessions are scheduled from 9-10:30 a.m. and 1:30-3 p.m. The sessions are open to all university faculty and staff. 
     Preregistration is requested by contacting Jan Ortego at Jan.Ortego@selu.edu or extension 5771.
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Southeastern hosts annual Loyola Student Leadership Conference
Once again, Southeastern is a host school for the annual Loyola Student Leadership Conference held at Loyola University in New Orleans. The one-day conference is set for Saturday, Feb. 19.  The $15 per person cost includes transportation to and from New Orleans, continental breakfast, lunch and all materials. 
     The conference draws an average of 400 students from Texas to Florida. It offers an exciting motivational speaker and numerous presentations on every facet of leadership. 
     Interested students can register for the conference in the office of Leadership Development/Student Activities in the Student Union Room 110. The dead line to register is Wednesday, Feb. 9.
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Dancing at the Deco BallDancing at the Columbia Theatre's Deco Ball
Couples dance on the stage of the Columbia Theatre for the Performing arts to the music of the Dominoes at the first annual "Deco Ball." With the theme "Up in Lights" the gala was staged Saturday night to raise funds for a marquee for the facade of the university's historic downtown theater. A computerized, lighted marquee, which would be visible from East Thomas and South Cherry Streets, is estimated to cost $75,000.
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Saint Louis Brass QuintetThe Saint Louis Brass Quintet will be the guest of Encore! on Feb. 9

Encore! 2005 features Bill Evans Festival, guest brass quintet
A guest appearance by the Saint Louis Brass Quintet and the annual Bill Evans Jazz Festival highlight the 2005 edition of “Encore!,” the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts’ spring concert series.
     The series also encompasses dozens of concerts, recitals, operas, plays and dance programs from February through May. 
     With its roots going back to the 1970s, the Saint Louis Brass Quintet has presented workshops, master classes, and children’s programs throughout the United States and abroad. In their highly successful concerts, the Saint Louis Brass Quintet performs the great music for brass from the works of the baroque to today’s composers, including music of Mexico, Ellington/Strayhorn, Gershwin, Cole Porter, and Stephen Foster. 
     The group, whose recordings are known worldwide, plans two events for “Encore!” on Feb. 9 -- a master class at 4 p.m. and a concert at 7:30 p.m. -- both in the Pottle Music Building Auditorium. 
     The fourth annual Bill Evans Jazz Festival, scheduled Feb. 21-24, honors the late jazz pianist, one of Southeastern’s most renowned alumni. Evans was one of a group of young aspiring musicians from New Jersey recruited to Southeastern by music department founder Ralph Pottle after World War II. Evans recorded more than 70 albums, won seven Grammy Awards and earned an international following. Throughout his life, Evans fondly remembered his college years, calling his time at Southeastern the happiest period of his life. He returned to campus for a concert 30 years after his graduation, shortly before his death in 1980.
     One of the festival’s highlights will be a Feb. 24 performance, high school band workshop and master class by the Ted Rosenthal Trio. Rosenthal achieved international recognition by winning first prize in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition and has since performed with many of the jazz greats of our time. A faculty member of the Manhattan School of Music and the New School University, he is active around the country in jazz education. 
     The festival also will include performances by the Southeastern One O’Clock Big Band directed by Richard Schwartz, featuring clarinetist Andrew Seigel (Feb. 21); a guest lecture by Evans expert Win Hinkle and a performance by Southeastern Jazz Combos (Feb. 22); and a concert by Southeastern and University of Southern Mississippi faculty (Feb. 23).
     Admission is free to many events. For an “Encore!” brochure or additional information, contact the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts at (985) 549-2184.
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Cast announced for spring opera, Dido and Aeneas
The Opera/Music Theatre Workshop has announced the cast for its spring production, Dido and Aeneas, scheduled March 16-19 at the Pottle Music Building Auditorium.
     Henry Purcell’s classic Baroque opera will star Amanda Tarver of Prairieville as Dido and Mathew Packard of Chalmette and Simon Pfeil of Hammond as Aeneas, said workshop Director Charles Effler. Dido and Aeneas will be directed by Southeastern artist-in-residence Larry Gray.
     Composed in 1689 and with a running time of just over an hour,  Dido and Aeneas is the 
only opera by Purcell, one of England’s greatest composers. “This magnificent miniature was reintroduced to the opera-going public in the mid-1800s and has been performed around the world ever since,” Effler said.
      Dido and Aeneas features one of the most memorable laments in all of opera, “When I am laid in earth.” The libretto, based loosely on Virgil’s epic poem, “Aeneid,” tells the story of Dido, the widowed Queen of Carthage, and Aeneas, a prince of Troy until that city’s defeat by the Greeks.
      The cast also features Jessica Davis and Wendy Kinchen of Ponchatoula as Belinda; Kristin Glass of Walker and Sarah Osterberger of Baton Rouge as the Second Woman; Kay Schepker of Hammond as the Sorceress; Cassie Arnold of Ponchatoula and Maria Burkett of Chalmette as the First Witch; Christina Babin of Prairieville and Betty Turner of Hammond as the Second Witch; and Brian Martinez Jr. of Montz and Brandon Wear of Slidell as the Sailor.
      Effler will conduct the opera and serve as vocal coach. Joining him on the production staff are set designer Steve Schepker, costume designer Richard Walsh, lighting designer Ellen Sovkoplas, and choreographer Dana Brewer-Plazinic.
      Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. Available at the door, general admission tickets are $10, adults, and $7, senior citizens, Southeastern faculty, staff and alumni, and non-Southeastern students. Southeastern students will be admitted free with their university I.D.
      For additional information, contact Effler at 985-549-2249 or ceffler@selu.edu. Dido and Aeneas is part of the Southeastern Department of Music and Dramatic Arts annual spring performing arts series, “Encore!”
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Southeast Louisiana Business Center programs
The Southeast Louisiana Business Center will offer “Credit Management for Businesses” from 6-8 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 27, at the center, 1514 Martens Drive. The workshop is designed to help you understand how to manage your credit more effectively and repair problems that could undermine your credit rating. The cost is $20, $10 for chamber of commerce members.
     For more information or to register for any of these events, please contact Sandy Summers at 985-549-3831 or sbdc@selu.edu.
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This week in athletics
The Southeastern men's and women's basketball teams host Texas State in a key Southland Conference doubleheader Thursday night in the University Center to highlight this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     In conjunction with Thursday's contests, the 70's Night/Jam the Jungle promotion will be held. All students in attendance will receive free pizza, drinks and a t-shirt. In addition, the Southeastern student organization which brings the most people will receive $100 from the CLAWS Committee. There will be also be four opportunities for fans to win a $5,000 grand prize in the Shoot for Loot Contest. Also, fans are encouraged to wear 70's attire to celebrate 70's night in the University Center.
     The Lady Lions (8-8, 2-3 SLC) will open Thursday's action at 5:30 p.m. versus the first-place Lady Bobcats. The Southeastern women will do their part to celebrate 70's Night, by wearing special throw-back uniforms. It will also be Jenny Brown and Nakeya Downing Trading Card Night, as fans will receive trading cards featuring Brown and Downing. Both players will be available to sign autographs after the game.
     The Lions (12-6, 4-1 SLC) will enter Thursday's 7:45 p.m. contest with the Bobcats in a tie with Northwestern State for the Southland Conference lead. The Lions are coming off a 66-60 road win over Lamar in their last outing. Both the men's and women's games on Thursday will be aired on the Southeastern Channel on a tape-delayed basis.
     The Lions and Lady Lions will both be on the road on Saturday for a doubleheader at Texas-San Antonio. The women's game is scheduled for 2 p.m. with the men's game set for 4 p.m. All of this week's Southeastern basketball games will be broadcast live on KSLU 90.9 FM and on the internet at www.LionSports.net.
     The men's tennis team (0-1) will be back in action on Saturday, when they head to LSU for a 12 p.m. match with the Tigers. The Lady Lions tennis team will open its spring season at LSU on Saturday at 9 a.m.
     The men's and women's track and field team will also be in Baton Rouge this week. The Lions and Lady Lions are scheduled to participate in the LSU Invitational on Friday.
Thursday, January 27
     Women's Basketball, vs. Texas State, University Center, 5:30 p.m.* (KSLU 90.9 FM and The Southeastern Channel)
     Men's Basketball, vs. Texas State, University Center, 7:45 p.m.* (KSLU 90.9 FM and The Southeastern Channel)
     - 70's Night/Jam The Jungle
     - $5,000 Shoot for Loot Contest
     - Free Pizza, drinks and t-shirt for students
     - Student organization with the highest representation will receive $100 from CLAWS
Friday, January 28
     Track and Field, at LSU Invitational, Baton Rouge, All Day
Saturday, January 29
     Men's Basketball, at Texas-San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas, 4 p.m.* (KSLU 90.9 FM)
     Women's Basketball, at Texas-San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas, 2 p.m.* (KSLU 90.9 FM)
     Women's Tennis, at LSU, Baton Rouge, 9 a.m.
     Men's Tennis, at LSU, Baton Rouge, 12 p.m.
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Professional activities
A paper by Drs. Alan Cannon and Kent Neuerburg (Mathematics), "Zero-Divisor Graphs of Nearrings and Semigroups," has been accepted for publication in the Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Nearrings and Nearfields. The paper was co-authored with former Southeastern faculty member Dr. Shane Redmond who is now at Eastern Kentucky University. 
     Dr. Lillian Stiegler (Communication Sciences and Disorders) collaborated with colleagues Marlene DesRoches and Dr. Paula Currie to present a paper entitled "Targeting Employability: Rethinking Intervention Planning for 'High Functioning' Autistic Individuals" at the annual convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, on Nov. 18 in Philadelphia, Pa. Dr. Stiegler also presented a poster session entitled "Magic Fingers:  Using Interactive Whiteboard Technology to Enhance Phonological Awareness" in collaboration with S. Genia Britt, Southeastern alumnus.
     Poet Alison Pelegrin (English) has poems in current issues of Shenandoah and Poetry. Poetry is featuring her work on its web site (www.poetrymagazine.org), and the anthology Poetry to Heal Your Blues edited by Marilyn Hacker is soon to be released. The anthology reprints Pelegrin's villanelle "The Zydeco Tablet." 
     A book by Dr. Yanyi K. Djamba (Sociology and Criminal Justice), Sexual Behavior of Adolescents in Contemporary Sub-Saharan Africa, has been published by the Edwin Mellen Press.
      Five faculty members in the College of Education and Human Development presented at the International Conference on Education in Hawaii co-sponsored by the East/West Council for Education, Asia-Pacific Research Institute of Peking University, and the University of Louisville Center for Sustainable Urban Neighborhoods. The faculty members and their presentations were: Dr. Gwendolyn Autin, “Freshman Year Experience at Southeastern Louisiana University”; Dr. Susan Brown-Sandberg, “Beyond Lesson Snapshots: Using Electronic Case Studies to Provide Teacher Candidates a Longitudinal View of Student Development and Insights into the Effects of Cultural Heritage”; Dr. Elizabeth Evans, “Student Teachers' Reflections: Impact on Teacher Education”; Dr. Cathie Koss, “Project COURSE: Certification Outreach to Uncertified Rural Special Educators”; and Ms. Flo Winstead, “Ownership of the School Improvement Process to Improve Teaching and Learning.” Dr. Evans also served as a session leader. 
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